Illimani 6439m. -3DAYS - 3 Days

Climbing Illimani in Bolivia, At 6438 meters, Illimani is the tallest mountain in the Cordillera Real and the second highest peak in Bolivia. It is known as the guardian of the city of La Paz. As the mountain can be observed towering over the city in the distance from innumerable viewpoints.

Illimani is an imposing mountain with multiple snow capped peaks and enormous glaciers and the climb itself to the highest of those peaks is spectacular. Illimani is a demanding climb recommended for those with prior experience on steep, icy glaciated terrain.

Physical Requirements

 Climbing Illimani is very physically demanding, as the high altitude.

For that reason is recommended for who will climb it. Has a very high level of fitness and acclimatization,  becasuse it will make the climb easier and more enjoyable.

Following option are best option to get prepared with altitude and physical before climbing Illimani.

Huayna Potosi 6088 meters –  Pequeño Alpamayo 5450 meters

Climbing Route

Most of the people climb the West Ridge of Pico Sur (The normal route). It is a challenging, steep climb that includes a heavily crevassed glacier

Weather Conditions

As its extremely high altitude  and being high up in the Cordillera Real, it is constantly cold all year round, with temperatures dropping below 0 degrees celsius.

Best season to climb Illimani

The best season to climb Illimani is between May and October, as this is the dry season in Bolivia, and will ensure optimal climbing conditions.

Itinerary

Day 1
La Paz City to Base Camp.

At 9:00 am we will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and drive for 3 hours by private transport to the village of Pinaya. From Pinaya we will trek for 3 hours to the base camp of Illimani, located at 4700 meters. We will spend the night in tents at the base camp.

Day 2
Ascent from Base Camp  to High Camp.

We will spend the day hiking from the base camp to the high camp. Our hike to the high camp (5550 meters), also known as Nido de Condores or the Condor’s Nest, will take around 6 hours. Along the way we will pass by steep rock hillsides and moraines. We will spend the evening in tents at the high camp.

Day 3
Summit attempt and return to La Paz City.

Our day will begin very early. Wake up time will be in the early morning hours and we will get dressed with the climbing clothing and equipment and have breakfast.
Once prepared, we will begin the ascent. We will have short breaks to rest and eat chocolates and drink water during the ascent. On the way we climb up icy ridges and weave around crevasse hazards before reaching the most difficult section, a 200 meter slope with an inclination of around 50 degrees.
After completing the rising traverse to the summit, we enjoy views of the Andean plateau, the surrounding peaks of the Cordillera Real, and the surrounding lower peaks of the Illimani massif.
Our descent to high camp will take around 3 hours and upon arrival we will have soup and hot drinks. At the high camp we will re-pack our backpacks and make the descent to base camp. We will then return directly from base camp to La Paz via our private transport.

INCLUDED:

  • Professional guide for every 2 customers
  • Private transportation for the group
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Camping equipment.-   (1 tent for every 2 persons and kitchen tent) Cookware / stove / fuel etc.
  • Mule support to and from base camp and porter support to and from high camp (mules / porters will carry camping equipment, food supplies and kitchenware)
  • Climbing Equipment:

Crampons, harness, plastic boots, windproof pants and jacket, ice axe, gloves, gaiters, helmet, balaclava

PLEASE BRING:

Note: Personal porter is not included

  • Sleeping bag (rated to – 15 º c)
  • Headlamp
  • Backpack (minimum 50 liter capacity)
  • Trekking pants
  • Thermic leggings
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Three pairs of medium to heavy hiking socks
  • Snacks for summit attempt
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Personal medication
  • Thin liner gloves
  • Beanie / woolen hat
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal items
  • Hiking shoes
  • 2 liters of water
  • Guide tips

 

WE HAVE TO RENT:

Price for this service

  • 20   Dollars   Sleeping bag (- 15 º c)
  • 15    Dollars   Backpack (50 – 70 liter capacity)
  • 10    Dollars   Headlamp
  • 10    Dollars   walking sticks
  • 100 Dollars  Personal porter

Gear fitting for climbing Huayna Potosi

Gear fitting is usually done the day before the start of your trip. At our office betweem 10:00 am to 18:00pm, where you will try clothing and doublé boots to make sure you will get right zise.

At that time, we will help you with  all your enquiries or questions that you got.

If you do not have time to come the day before of your trip for gear fitting at our office. Do not worry, you can do it on the same departure day. Just come 30 minutes before of the meeting hour at our office. (Meeting hour is usllualy at 9:00am)

NOTE: in case you do not have place where you can  store your personal gear during the trip.

Always we have space at our workshop where you can leave your personal gear during the trip also we can lend you  a bag to store it.

Maybe you got some mountaineering chothing by your own, bring them you can use during the tour.

In case you do not know what to bring for trip,  from your personal gear like clothing, just bring everything  that you got and at our office we will help to chose the right gear or clothing.

 

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Trip Facts

  • Summit 6439m.
  • Private Transport for the group
  • May to September
  • AD
  • High Camp 5,550m. Base Camp 4700m.
  • 1 guide / 2 customers
  • To organise the service is needed 2 customers.